The final race in the 2022 inter-club cross country series took us to Worksop on what was a glorious sunny winters morning.
40 kestrels turned out to fight for the coveted XC shield, rumoured to have eluded us for 10 years.
Conditions were as good as could be hoped for after the very wet weather of the previous weeks, the benefits of a varied course with only a few sections of mud (and it wouldn’t be cross country without that!)
Every runner was cheered over the line, and once all were home we made our way back to Manton Sports centre for a nail biting wait for the results.
First up, results for the Worksop event.
1st Place Men – Clowne
1st Place Women – Retford
Next up, results for the overall series
1st Place Men – Clowne
1st Place Women – Worksop
1st Place Club Overall – KILLAMARSH!!!!!!!
Rest assured that those of us who were there for the results made enough noise for the whole of Worksop to hear us when the winner was announced.
Worth noting that the 1st place position for the women’s team came down to accumulated points over the series with Worksop and Retford coming joint 1st under the usual points system. It was a very close competition!
We also think it was a resounding success for the new scoring system which sees 7 runners (men and women) score and the subsequent 10 runners deducting a point. It made for a much closer race than we have seen in previous years and encouraged more runners to participate.
Hopefully 2023 will see a return to the full cross country experience, with indoor mixing and the much missed buffet. A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising a brilliant series this year despite the restrictions.
Quick note on scoring for XC, this year we have a NEW RULE! All the usual rules still apply, so the first 7 runners of each gender score their position (e.g. 5th place = 5 points). The club with the lowest score wins the series.
This year, after the first 7 scoring runners the next 10 runners home for each club will DEDUCT a point from the overall score!
For example – if our first 7 women clocked up a score of 112, but we had 5 additional women running in our team (12 women in total), we would deduct 5 points for a score of 107. There is a maximum of 10 points deducted from the overall score (10 for the women, 10 for the men).
This means that to maximise our chances we need at least 17 men and 17 women to run for our club.
The idea here is to encourage more runners, of any ability, to take part in the series. Even if you tail walked it you would be helping your club!
The next XC is our home event in Killamarsh on 30th January – the perfect reason to join in if you haven’t given XC a try yet. And if you really don’t want to run it, we could still do with more volunteers to help us marshal and put on a fun and safe event.
Speak to our team captains Rachel Cadey and Kevin Rowles if you want a number to run, and Alicia Parkes if you can help out with marshalling.